25,000 gns Knockin Shockin smashes Charollais breed record at Worcester

A huge buzz of excitement ran through the entire Charollais Sale held at Worcester Market at the weekend and was topped when the show champion, Abbie Moseley’s ram lamb Knockin Shockin smashed the breed record when it sold for 25,000 gns.  Putting in the final bid, on his own was Shropshire breeder, Robert Gregory.

“I have followed the progress of this lamb for a long time and always felt he was something really special.  He has outstanding Charollais qualities of length, width and a serious backend and to boot is in the top 5% of the breed on performance.”   Robert was determined to secure this ram for himself and had to beat off bids from all over the UK and Ireland.  The sire Oakchurch Ruben was purchased at the 2016 Premier Sale for 3,200 gns and is out of a home-bred yearling ewe at Abbie’s farm at Knockin, near Oswestry.

This price broke the previous record of 10,500 gns for Banwy Immense set in 2008.

Other ram lambs in the Knockin pen were amongst the high-priced animals; at 6,000 gns was Knockin Smart Arse which sold to two Northern Ireland breeders, William McAllister and Ian Craig.  This was another Oakchurch Ruben son out of Dalby Malachite ewe and Arjane Jumanji grand dam.  Just below this at 5,800 gns was Knockin Stud Muffin by Bronwydd Pride of Pembroke, 1st prize winner at the Royal Welsh Show in 2016.  His buyers were C D Timm from Yorkshire and Russell Gray from Lanark.

Early in the day Justin Evans from Dinas Powys sold his tup lamb Sant Andras Sergeant Major for 9,000 gns to Michael Power from Southern Ireland.  This son of Rhaeadr Prince was out of a Glyn Coch ewe purchased at the Worcester Saucy Sale in 2013.

Long-time supporters of the breed, Mark and Margie Rushbrook from Bewdley in Worcestershire were delighted when their son of Rainbow Road to Utopia, Brettles Sherman sold in a three-way split to the Wernfawr flock of David Curran, Glyn Coch flock of Adrian Davies and Arwyn Thomas, Arbryn Flock all from Wales.  His dam was by Crogham Logic and the tup lamb had outstanding figures for growth and went with his name ‘built like a tank’.

The Wernfawr flock were in the money with their lamb Wernfawr Spartacus which sold for 7,000 gns to Tim Prichard, Castellau Flock and Emyr Hughes, Bronwydd flock both from Wales.  The tup took the reserve champion ram lamb award in the show classes and was sired by Wernfawr Nijinsky out of a Glantren Legend ewe.

First time vendor, David Roberts from Kenley in Shropshire saw the pick of his pen a correct and shapely lamb knocked down for 5,500 gns to Ben James from Tenbury Wells, Worcester.  The lamb was the product of a purchase from the dispersal sale of the Banwy Flock; sired by Aberkinsey Nitrogen.

The highest performance index lamb on offer came from the Dalby pen of Charles Sercombe, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.   Another Sherman, this tup lamb was the 2nd highest indexed lamb in the breed this year and was the pick at 5,100 gns of Charles Marwood for his Foulrice Flock, near York.  His sire was Dalby Ranieri out of a Brettles Jetstream ewe.

Recouping some of his outlay on the top-priced lamb was Robert Gregory with a top price in his pen of 4,200 gns for Edstaston Silver Lining, by Bronwydd Pride of Pembroke who went over the water to Northern Irish breeders, McConnell Bros for their Hollylodge Flock.  His next best was at 4,000 gns for Edstaston Sotogrande, a Skelton Whin Odyssey son out of a show yearling going back to Edstaston Dubai.  Clubbing together to secure his services were Mr and Mrs Jonathan Corbett from the Wedderburn flock in Gloucestershire and Dewi Evans from Anglesey.

Top prices in the shearling ram section came from the Loanhead pen of rams from Gregor and Bruce Ingram from Aberdeenshire.  The champion shearling ram, Loanhead Ringleader was a Rhaeadr Orlando son; the Royal Highland Male Champion in 2017 and Champion in 2016. Going to 3,400 gns for this very heavily fleshed tup was Glyn Meyrick from the Bould Flock in Oxfordshire.  At the same money was Loanhead Renegade by the same sire and he was the pick of T F Duncan from Co Antrim in Northern Ireland.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the arrival of Charollais sheep in the UK a special sale of ‘Super Stars’ shearling ewes was held on the Friday evening.  A huge crowd gathered at the market with lights and music to accompany the top quality gimmers.  Leading the trade was a beautiful ewe, Ringclare Rionach from first time vendors Kenny, Sheila and Geoffrey Malcomson over from Northern Ireland.  Their gimmer was an embryo daughter of Ballyhibben Lulu purchased from Michael Power for 4,700 euros.  After spirited bidding she was knocked down for 3,000 gns to Andrew and Jan Walton for their Rainbow Flock in Cheshire.

Next best in the female sale were two outstanding gimmers from the Ingram family who both sold for 1,900 gns.  The first was Loanhead Rihanna sired by Rhaeadr Orlando and out of a top producing Loanhead Midas Touch ewe.  Her buyer was Mrs Sheena Coghill from the Hekra Flock on Orkney.  Next was a massive ewe, also by Rhaeadr Orlando which sold to Dominic Beaumont from Preston in Lancashire.

Average prices were up across all sections and with clearance rates of 88-90% the sale was hailed by all as an overwhelming success.  Chief Executive, Jonathan Barber said “I am not surprised by the uplift in the trade for our breed; all around the UK this year I have heard nothing but glowing reports from commercial producers on the ability of Charollais tups to produce fast growing, quality lambs and rams that work and last for their owners.”

Averages :

25 shearling ewes averaged £1104.50  clearance rate 89%

3 senior rams averaged £525.00 clearance rate 100%

30 shearling rams averaged £1225.70 (+£320) clearance rate 88%

121 ram lambs averages £1617.00 (+£430) clearance rate 90%


Auctioneer : Clive Roads, McCartneys